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10 things in tech you need to know today

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  • This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
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  • Now you can hear 10 Things in Tech each morning.
  • Just search for "Business Insider" in your Alexa's flash briefing settings.

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Understanding Your Skill Availability: Language Model and Skills Store

  • This blog will help you identify where your skill is published in the Alexa Skills Store and help ensure your customers are able to find your skill.
  • For example, if you would like to publish a skill in the US Alexa Skills Store, your skill must have an English (US) language version.
  • If you would like to publish a skill in the Canadian or UK Alexa Skills Stores, your skill must have English (CA) and/or English (UK) language versions, respectively.
  • Similarly, Alexa's "English (US)" language version is associated with many countries that do not have explicitly defined Alexa languages.
  • For example, if you have an English (US) language skill and you choose "Selected countries and regions," you could check the box for only "United States." You might want to do this if the subject matter of your skill is specific to only one or a select set of countries.

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The best Prime Day speaker deals from Sonos, Vizio, Onkyo, and more

  • Whether you're looking for a pair of home theater speakers, sound bars, or simply a pair of bookshelf speakers for around the house, check out these awesome deals on speakers for your living room below.
  • These speakers offer excellent sound quality, plus they work with a great remote and support features like Bluetooth for wireless music playback.
  • If you want the intelligence of Amazon Alexa but don't need a bigger speaker, then we recommend checking out the 3rd-generation Amazon Echo Dot. It's cheap enough to get one for every room in your home.
  • The device offers a bigger and better speaker than the standard Echo, plus it has Zigbee built into it so you can control smart home devices without needing an extra hub.
  • There's a deal for the Echo Plus with Amazon Music Unlimited, too — so if you want to enjoy that music and control your smart home gadgets, it's worth trying out this deal.

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Code Deep Dive: Implementing In-Skill Purchasing for Consumables with Node.js

  • In this scenario, the customer does have one or more "sharing coins" available, and asks "How many sharing coins are remaining." Like the previous scenario, this utterance is mapped to the intent `CoinInventoryIntent` , and the handler `CoinInventoryHandler` gets triggered in our Lambda code.
  • In this scenario, the customer does NOT have any "sharing coins" available, and asks "what have I bought." This utterance is mapped to the intent `PurchaseHistoryIntent`, and the handler `PurchaseHistoryIntentHandler` gets triggered in our Lambda code.
  • In this scenario, the customer does have one or more "sharing coins" available, and asks "what have I bought.” Like the previous scenario, this utterance is mapped to the intent `PurchaseHistoryIntent`, and the handler `PurchaseHistoryIntentHandler` gets triggered in our Lambda code.
  • Like the last scenario, this utterance is mapped to the intent `RefundSharingPackIntent`, and the handler ` RefundSharingPackIntentHandler` gets triggered in our Lambda code.

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All the ways Amazon is taking over your house

  • Dennis Green: Amazon wants Alexa everywhere so that it can build this ecosystem that customers are kind of trapped in.
  • So Amazon's kind of putting Alexa in everything because it wants this fully featured experience for customers that's completely seamless.
  • When Amazon first unveiled its Alexa platform it was kind of supposed to be this voice-shopping experience that customers would love, where they could just ask for toilet paper and it would be delivered in two days.
  • That means rent movies or subscribe to an unlimited music service, or, you know, use the smart-home features to turn lights on and off and things like that.
  • I could see them adding things like with the Kindle, where they have an addition that has advertisements for a lower price or just you know, advertising things that you might want to buy that you could just say, "Amazon, buy the thing that's on the screen right now," and kind of monetizing it that way.

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Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick are again Prime Day’s best selling devices (so far!)

  • This is the third year in a row that the entry-level Alexa smart speaker, the Echo Dot, has been a Prime Day bestseller.
  • The Fire TV Stick was a top seller last year, too, and sold well in years past — including in 2016, when it emerged at the overall best-selling device globally on Prime Day. Amazon never provides hard numbers on Prime Day sales, but claims “millions” of these devices — the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick combined — were sold on Monday to customers worldwide during the first day of Prime Day 2019.
  • The Instant Pot and LifeStraw filter were also two of the non-Amazon top sellers last Prime Day, which says something about the consistency of this sales event as it enters its fifth year.

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How to Update Your Alexa Skills for Hindi

  • const args = arguments; const values = []; for (let i = 1; i < args.length; i += 1) { values.push(args[i]); } const value = i18n.t(args[0], { returnObjects: true, postProcess: 'sprintf', sprintf: values, }); // If an array is used then a random value is selected if (Array.isArray(value)) { return value[Math.floor(Math.random() * value.length)]; } return value; }; // this gets the request attributes and save the localize function inside // it to be used in a handler by calling requestAttributes.t(STRING_ID, [args...]) const attributes = handlerInput.attributesManager.getRequestAttributes(); attributes.t = function translate(...args) { return localizationClient.localize(...args); }; }, }; Step 3: Register your Request Interceptor Once we have defined the LocalizationInterceptor, I will register it with the addRequestInterceptors method as shown below const skillBuilder = Alexa.SkillBuilders.custom(); exports.handler = skillBuilder .addRequestHandlers( GetNewFactIntentHandler, HelpIntentHandler, CancelAndStopIntentHandler, SessionEndedRequestHandler ) .addRequestInterceptors(LocalizationInterceptor) .addErrorHandlers(ErrorHandler) .lambda(); Step 4 : Create arrays for Supported Languages Once the localization interceptor is in place, create arrays for different languages.

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Learn To Build Your First Hindi Skill

  • In this tutorial, you will learn:     How to create the language model for a Hindi skill     How to create your skill’s backend so your skill delivers the right content to your customers   Create a skill in 5 minutes Go to the Amazon Developer Portal.
  • In the top-right corner of the screen, click the "Sign In" button (If you don't already have an account, you will be able to create a new one for free.) Once you have signed in, move your mouse over the ‘Your Alexa Consoles’ text at the top of the screen and Select the Skills Link.
  • Today we announced that developers can now use the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) to build skills for Hindi speaking customers in India using the new Hindi (hi-IN) language model.

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How Vocala is Creating a Growing Voice Business

  • and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire With In-Skill Purchasing, Gal Shenar Sets His Growing Voice Business Up for Long-Term Success Alexa Game Skill “Would You Rather for Family” Adds In-Skill Purchasing and Sees Revenue Growth Make Money by Creating Engaging Voice Games Customers Love With ISP, you can sell premium content to enrich your Alexa skill experience.
  • With the introduction of ISP, Vocala is extending their focus to include sales, marketing, audience profiling, upsell opportunity and premium content.
  • He continues “ISP gives you the opportunity to add premium content, which your customers will pay for – but first they need to enjoy and use your skill with the free play options.

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10 things in tech you need to know today

  • Good morning!
  • This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
  • Have an Amazon Alexa device?
  • Now you can hear 10 Things in Tech each morning.
  • Just search for "Business Insider" in your Alexa's flash briefing settings.

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